“Walking in a winter wonderland…..” This winter is in full force! Multiple days of snowfall and temperatures below freezing prove that winter is here to stay for a while. Originally a Florida girl, I love the look of snow and that’s where my love for winter comes to a raging halt. The first few winters after I moved to Indiana, I was terrified of having to drive. I was that girl clutching the steering wheel for dear life barely pressing the gas pedal over 25 mph. Dread, frustration and fear almost crippled me from going anywhere besides work during the winter months. Thankfully my husband has patiently helped me become more comfortable and learn to confidently face the icy roads! It’s crucial for all of us to be prepared as we drive through these wintry conditions!
Fully prep your car before you head out. Pack a winter emergency kit! Include extra water bottles, a thermal blanket, a first aid kit, a charger for your mobile device, auto ID cards, and flashlight with extra batteries. Winter provides unexpected situations and you don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck or snowed in with no provisions or warmth!
You also want to check your tires to make sure the tread is not worn down. Be alert to the amount of fuel your car has in it. Don’t drive around waiting until the last minute to gas up! Keep your tank at least ½ full at all times if possible.
Scrape and defrost those windows! Driving down the road with only a small circle scraped out providing just enough windshield for you to see straight ahead, is not a safe option for you or the vehicles around you. Create an extra window of time that allows you to brush off excess snow, scrape off ice and warm up your vehicle. Being able to have an uninhibited view of the road is necessary in all types of weather, but especially during the winter.
Be aware of your surroundings. Not only are the roads more dangerous due to ice and snow, but deer are a big factor as well. If you see deer or any other animals on the road, do not try to swerve to avoid them or suddenly slam on your brakes. Stay calm and continue to drive straight. It’s better to hit the deer than to cause another accident with other vehicles or slide off the road. Give yourself room to brake. Don’t tail gate the car in front of you and allow plenty of time to brake as ice will affect your normal braking speed.
These are just a few tips that helped me have peace of mind when driving in less than perfect conditions in the winter. Above all, remember to stay calm. If you have any questions, please call us and we will be happy to help! Don’t allow the dread of driving in the winter prevent you from enjoying such a magical time of the year. Bring it on snow, we’re ready for you! Bring. It. On.